Margaret Thatcher

(Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher)

Margaret Thatcher
Margaret Thatcher
  • Born: October 13, 1925
  • Died: April 8, 2013
  • Nationality: English
  • Profession: Leader









Margaret Hilda Thatcher, Baroness Thatcher, LG, OM, DStJ, PC, FRS, HonFRSC was a British stateswoman who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990 and Leader of the Conservative Party from 1975 to 1990. She was the longest-serving British prime minister of the 20th century and the first woman to hold that office. A Soviet journalist dubbed her "The 'Iron Lady'", a nickname that became associated with her uncompromising politics and leadership style. As Prime Minister, she implemented policies known as Thatcherism.

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Author Quote
Jeremy Paxman Margaret Thatcher effected profound change in the society and for that she became very unpopular.
Edward Heath Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice!
Ken Livingstone I've met serial killers and professional assassins and nobody scared me as much
Theodore Dalrymple Mrs Thatcher was a mirror-image Marxist. Everything that Marx abhorred she thought was good
Barbara Castle She is clearly the best man among them.
Jacques Chirac I am not prepared to accept the economics of a housewife.
Julian Critchley She [Margaret Thatcher] cannot see an institution without hitting it with her handbag.
Clement Freud Attila the Hen.
Harold MacMillan ... a brilliant tyrant surrounded by mediocrities.
Austin Mitchell [Referring to Margaret Thatcher:] She is democratic enough to talk down to anyone.
Neil Kinnock ... that appalling woman.
David Cameron It is essential to reduce taxes on employment and wealth creation in order to enhance our economy's competitiveness. But I don't think it's sensible today to write a Conservative budget … with specific pledges on tax reduction.
Neil Kinnock If Margaret Thatcher wins on Thursday, I warn you not to be ordinary, I warn you not to be young, I warn you not to fall ill, and I warn you not to grow old.
Denis Healey [Describing Margaret Thatcher:] She approaches the problems of our country with all the one-dimensional subtlety of a comic strip.
Jonathan Aitken I wouldn’t say she is open-minded about her views of the Middle East so much as empty headed.
Francois Mitterrand She has the eyes of Caligula and the lips of Marilyn Monroe.
Robin Lustig British Prime Minister Margret Thatcher, was a precursor to the American Tea Party.
Robin Lustig Never have I met a politician who was as certain her or she was absolutely right as Margret Thatcher.
James Callaghan Now, now, little lady, you don’t want to believe all those things you read in the newspaper about crisis and upheavals, and the end of civilization as we know it. Dearie me, not at all.
Mark Blyth What Mrs. Thatcher did was to take a rather complacent and comfortable set of social institutions and arrangements, stick dynamite under them, detonate them, and not really give a damn about the casualties.
Quote Topics Cited
All corporatism - even when practiced in societies where hard work, enterprise and cooperation are as highly valued as in Korea - encourages inflexibility, discourages individual accountability, and risks magnifying errors by concealing them. Lobbying & Special Interests
Britain is no longer in the politics of the pendulum, but of the ratchet. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Constitutions have to be written on hearts, not just paper. Constitution / Bills & Declaratiobns of Rights
Don't allow tyrants and aggressors to get away with it. War & Peace
Don't fall into the trap of imagining that the West can remake societies States. Nations & Nationhood
Douglas, Douglas, you would make Neville Chamberlain look like a warmonger Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
For every idealistic peacemaker willing to renounce his self-defense in favor of a weapons-free world, there is at least one war maker anxious to exploit the other's good intentions. Arms Race & Disarmament
I came to office with one deliberate intent: to change Britain from a dependent to a self-reliant society — from a give-it-to-me, to a do-it-yourself nation. A get-up-and-go, instead of a sit-back-and-wait-for-it Britain. Reform, Change, Transformation & Reformers
I don’t expect anyone to just sit there and agree with me, that’s not their job. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
I like Mr. Gorbachev; we can do business together. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
I personally have always voted for the death penalty because I believe that people who go out prepared to take the lives of other people forfeit their own right to live. I believe that that death penalty should be used only very rarely, but I believe that no-one should go out certain that no matter how cruel, how vicious, how hideous their murder, they themselves will not suffer the death penalty. Capital Punishment, Dealth Penalty & State Execution
I’ll put the “Great” back into Great Britain Slogans & Mottoes
If a Tory does not believe that private property is one of the main bulwarks of individual freedom, then he had better become a socialist and have done with it. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
If you have a sense of purpose and a sense of direction, I believe people will follow you. Democracy isn't just about deducing what the people want. Democracy is leading the people as well. Leaders & Leadership
In politics if you want anything said, ask a man. If you want anything done, ask a woman. Discrimination & Prejudice
It is always important in matters of high politics to know what you do not know. Those who think they know, but are mistaken, and act upon their mistakes, are the most dangerous people to have in charge. Presidency, Vice Presidency & Prime Ministership
It seems like cloud cuckoo land... If anyone is suggesting that I would go to Parliament and suggest the abolition of the pound sterling — no! ... We have made it quite clear that we will not have a single currency imposed on us. Money, Coins & Minting
Labour Isn’t Working Slogans & Mottoes
My job is to stop Britain going red. Miscellaneous
No one would have remembered the Good Samaritan if he’d only had good intentions. He had money as well. Money, Coins & Minting
Patched-up diplomatic solutions designed to answer the needs of the moment rarely last, and as they unravel they can actually make things worse. Diplomacy & Diplomats
Pennies do not come from heaven. They have to be earned here on earth. Money, Coins & Minting ;Slogans & Mottoes ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
People are really rather afraid that this country might be rather swamped by people with a different culture... Immigration & Emigration
Socialism is a wonderful form of government until you run out of other people’s money. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Socialist governments traditionally do make a financial mess. They always run out of other people's money. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
The charm of Britain has always been the ease with which one can move into the middle class. Miscellaneous
The lesson of this century is that Europe will only be peaceful if the Americans are on this continent. War & Peace
The moral foundations of a society do not extend only to its political system; they must extend to its economic system as well. America's commitment to capitalism is unquestionably the best example of this principle. Capitalism is not, contrary to what those on the left have tried to argue, an amoral system based on selfishness, greed, and exploitation. It is a moral system based on a biblical ethic. There is no other comparable system that has raised the standard of living of millions of people, created vast new wealth and resources, or inspired so many beneficial innovations and technologies. The wonderful thing about capitalism is that it does not discriminate against the poor, as so often has been charged; indeed, it is the only economic system that raises the poor out of poverty. Capitalism also allows nations that are not rich in natural resources to prosper. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs ;Capitalism
The most difficult thing to build up is the rule of law. America already had it when their nation began. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
The trouble with you John, is that your spine does not reach your brain. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
There is no such thing as society. There are individual men and women, and there are families. And no government can do anything except through people, and people must look to themselves first. Miscellaneous
There is no such thing as society…There are individuals, men and women, and there are families. Families, Children & Parenting
To me, consensus seems to be the process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values and policies. So it is something in which no one believes and to which no one objects. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Truth is a very powerful political weapon against those who are trying to conceal it. Miscellaneous
Victorian values…were the values when our country became great. History
We are a British nation with British characteristics. Every country can take some small minorities and in many ways they add to the richness and variety of this country. The moment the minority threatens to become a big one, people get frightened States. Nations & Nationhood
We are not in politics to ignore peoples' worries: we are in politics to deal with them. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
We must try to find ways to starve the terrorist and the hijacker of the oxygen of publicity on which they depend. Terrorism
We've beaten the Germans twice and now they're back! War & Peace
What Britain needs is an iron lady. History ;Slogans & Mottoes
When you fight -- fight to win War & Peace
You do not achieve anything without trouble, ever Leaders & Leadership
Your government totally rejects a peaceful surrender. War & Peace
A world without nuclear weapons would be less stable and more dangerous for all of us. History
Any woman who understands the problems of running a home will be nearer to understanding the problems of running a country.
Being prime minister is a lonely job... you cannot lead from the crowd.
Democratic nations must try to find ways to starve the terrorist and the hijacker of the oxygen of publicity on which they depend. History
Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and important, although difficult, is the highroad to pride, self-esteem, and personal satisfaction.
Europe was created by history. America was created by philosophy. History
Every family should have the right to spend their money, after tax, as they wish, and not as the government dictates. Let us extend choice, extend the will to choose and the chance to choose. Government ;Families, Children & Parenting ;Money, Coins & Minting
I always cheer up immensely if an attack is particularly wounding because I think, well, if they attack one personally, it means they have not a single political argument left.
I am extraordinarily patient, provided I get my own way in the end. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I am in politics because of the conflict between good and evil, and I believe that in the end good will triumph. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I do not know anyone who has got to the top without hard work. That is the recipe. It will not always get you to the top, but should get you pretty near. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I don't mind how much my Ministers talk, so long as they do what I say.
I just owe almost everything to my father and it's passionately interesting for me that the things that I learned in a small town, in a very modest home, are just the things that I believe have won the election.
I like Mr. Gorbachev, we can do business together. Business, Commerce & Finance
I love argument, I love debate. I don't expect anyone just to sit there and agree with me, that's not their job. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I owe nothing to Women's Lib. Women
I seem to smell the stench of appeasement in the air.
I usually make up my mind about a man in ten seconds, and I very rarely change it.
If my critics saw me walking over the Thames they would say it was because I couldn't swim.
If you lead a country like Britain, a strong country, a country which has taken a lead in world affairs in good times and in bad, a country that is always reliable, then you have to have a touch of iron about you.
If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman. Women
If you want to cut your own throat, don't come to me for a bandage.
If... many influential people have failed to understand, or have just forgotten, what we were up against in the Cold War and how we overcame it, they are not going to be capable of securing, let alone enlarging, the gains that liberty has made. War & Peace
It is not the creation of wealth that is wrong, but the love of money for its own sake. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex ;Money, Coins & Minting
It may be the cock that crows, but it is the hen that lays the eggs. Women
It pays to know the enemy - not least because at some time you may have the opportunity to turn him into a friend. Time
It's a funny old world. Humor
It's passionately interesting for me that the things that I learned in a small town, in a very modest home, are just the things that I believe have won the election.
I've got a woman's ability to stick to a job and get on with it when everyone else walks off and leaves it. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
No one would remember the Good Samaritan if he'd only had good intentions; he had money as well. Money, Coins & Minting
No woman in my time will be prime minister or chancellor or foreign secretary - not the top jobs. Anyway, I wouldn't want to be prime minister; you have to give yourself 100 percent. Time
Nothing is more obstinate than a fashionable consensus.
Of course it's the same old story. Truth usually is the same old story. Truth
One of the things being in politics has taught me is that men are not a reasoned or reasonable sex. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Ought we not to ask the media to agree among themselves a voluntary code of conduct, under which they would not say or show anything which could assist the terrorists' morale or their cause while the hijack lasted.
People think that at the top there isn't much room. They tend to think of it as an Everest. My message is that there is tons of room at the top. Success
Plan your work for today and every day, then work your plan. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Platitudes? Yes, there are platitudes. Platitudes are there because they are true.
Power is like being a lady... if you have to tell people you are, you aren't. Power
Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous; you get knocked down by the traffic from both sides.
The battle for women's rights has been largely won. Women ;Equality & Equal Opportunity
The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other peoples' money. Government ;Money, Coins & Minting
There are still people in my party who believe in consensus politics. I regard them as Quislings, as traitors... I mean it. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
There can be no liberty unless there is economic liberty.
There is no such thing as society: there are individual men and women, and there are families. Society ;Women
This lady is not for turning.
To cure the British disease with socialism was like trying to cure leukaemia with leeches.
To wear your heart on your sleeve isn't a very good plan; you should wear it inside, where it functions best.
We Conservatives hate unemployment.
We were told our campaign wasn't sufficiently slick. We regard that as a compliment.
What is success? I think it is a mixture of having a flair for the thing that you are doing; knowing that it is not enough, that you have got to have hard work and a certain sense of purpose. Success ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
You and I come by road or rail, but economists travel on infrastructure. Travel ;Business, Commerce & Finance
You don't tell deliberate lies, but sometimes you have to be evasive.
You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.